Poor appetite? Lack of interest in food? Your child is not alone! It usually starts at around 3 years, seldom earlier. Though not an exact science, it could start as early as 2 years. Note that if it is just for a few days, it could be an appetite slump. However, anything lasting over weeks is a cause for attention and concern.
Girls are most affected, but also occurring in boys as well. At its height, between 5 and 7 years, most girls will have such poor appetite that the mother’s concern is warranted! They are picky or minimalist eaters and seem like they can go for days without food!
Poor appetite is also compounded by reduced intake of essential vitamins and minerals. This is a chicken and egg story! Reduced intake of vitamins and minerals could also lead to Poor appetite! The main culprit ingredient here is Zinc, whose low levels have been associated with low appetite.
In addition, reduced intake of vitamins and minerals compromises the immune system and makes the child prone to infections.
ESSENTIALS KIDIVITE Syrup is an appetite and growth tonic ideal for babies and young children from 1 year to 12 years to provide a safe and balanced comprehensive range of essential vitamins and minerals.
Picky eaters are vulnerable to small nutritional deficiencies from reduced food intake and unhealthy eating habits. Even marginal micro-nutrient deficiencies during this period reduce a child’s performance and affect their physical growth and intellectual development.